Tropeano Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine

Phone (256) 208-0118

209 W spring St
Sylacauga, Alabama 35150
(at Coosa Valley Medical Center)

Arthroscopic Surgery of the Shoulder

If your physician recommends arthroscopy for your shoulder problem, you can expect it to be performed as an outpatient (same day) procedure. You may have certain lab tests on the day of surgery, and you will be instructed not to eat or drink anything after midnight of the night before your arthroscopic procedure. More than likely you will be given a general anesthetic, which will put you to sleep during the surgery. The procedure itself usually takes from one to two hours. Your doctor will use an arthroscope (miniature telescope) to view your should joint. Using extremely small instruments, he will then make tiny incisions and perform the corrective measures dictated by your particular injury. Next, the incisions will be stitched or taped and your should bandaged for protections.